Nutritional Value of Potato Skins

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nutritionalIf you are searching for nutritional value of foods you eat, potato skins are full of it. Cathy Isom tells us the truth about potato skins and why you should think twice before tossing them in the trash. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Nutritional Value of Potato Skins

When it comes to the skin of potatoes, the nutritional value may surprise you. So before you decide to peel those potatoes and toss the skin, consider these nutritional facts:

While the potato skins offer about half the nutrition of the potato meat – they still have plenty to offer including fiber, iron, and vitamins C and B-6.

The skin does outrank the potato meat in some important categories. For example, for a whole baked potato, the skin has 115 calories, 27 grams of total carbohydrates, three grams of protein, which is equal for both meat and skin, and five grams of fiber. Meat only has two grams. The skin of a whole baked potato provides 88-percent of the total amount of iron. Along with iron, the meat and skin of a potato provide an abundance of key minerals that lend to the overall health of muscle contraction and nerve transmission.

I’m Cathy Isom…